Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy

Research Programs

The Program in Political Psychology and Decision Making (POPDM)

The Program in Political Psychology and Decision Making (POPDM) at the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy at the IDC, seeks to be at the forefront of local and global research in Political Psychology, as part of its continued efforts to advance interdisciplinary thinking and strengthen the cooperation between scholars, society and the state.

The program will offer lectures and workshops conducted by leading researchers in the field of Political Psychology and Decision making. The research will try to address questions concerns issues regards society and politics in Israel, while applying a variety of psychological theories and approaches in an attempt to provide innovative and creative answers to those questions. Additionally, the program will hold a researchers' forum and will issue a bi-monthly newsletter updating scholars and students in the field with our ongoing activities.

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Reinventing Israeli Government

Israel is the only western state which has not implemented structural and administrative reforms in the past few decades. Though many democracies have made significant changes in their public sectors, Israel has done relatively little. IDC published a series of policy papers on "Reinventing Israeli Government" which address and provide recommendations for improving the most vital aspects of public governance: management, regulation, real estate, economy, budgeting, education, and social dilemmas. They are the fruit of a campus-wide research project that IDC conducted and published as part of its 10th anniversary. Prof. Uriel Reichman and Prof. Ehud Sprinzak z"l, the founding dean of the Lauder School, initiated the project. Prof. David Nachmias, of the Lauder School, is the academic editor of the papers.

Comparative National Security Project

Comparative National Security Project was established to explore theoretical, historical and empirical questions pertaining to “International Security Studies” discipline. The project operates in three dimensions: (1) it functions as a research institution, which conducts rigorous exploration of crucial international security and strategic theory topics; (2) it operates as a pedagogical center, that prepares professionals for teaching, research and government positions in the field of international security; and (3) it provides platform for intellectual interaction among scholars and practitioners through seminars, workshops and conferences. We employ multi-disciplinary research methodologies, and undertake comparative and in-depth studies to explore irregular, conventional and nuclear strategic interactions, and to examine alternative strategic futures. The project hosts domestic and international
activities that illuminate theory and policy relevant security problems Project’s Director Dr. Dmitry (Dima) Adamsky.

American Public Opinion toward Israel, APOI
The APOI lab at the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy, IDC Herzliya, is a research lab for studying the relationship between the United States and the State of Israel with a specific focus on American public opinion and elite rhetoric and action.
The APOI lab is currently running four research projects: Public Opinion; Presidential Rhetoric, Congressional Actions, and Media Coverage of Israel-related issues. Our main goal is to establish the relationship between public opinion, elite rhetoric and media coverage of Israel.
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